Kerala anchor gets 2,500 threat calls for TV debate on Irani’s Parliament speech

  • IANS, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Updated: Mar 01, 2016 23:58 IST
Sindhu Suryakumar hosts weekly show Cover Story on Asianet TV. (YouTube screengrab)

A Kerala TV anchor has received over 2,500 threat calls since she anchored a discussion last week on HRD minister Smriti Irani’s comments on Mahishasura in Parliament.

While the police have arrested five suspects, more arrests are likely on charges of abusing and threatening the anchor of Asianet TV, Sindhu Suryakumar.

During the weekly programme Cover Story, on Friday night, which discussed Irani’s comments on Mahishasura in Parliament, Suryakumar has been accused of using words to describe Hindu goddess Durga which she insists she never used.

“I am yet to figure out what wrong I did. I never, ever mentioned a word on Durga Devi. Now I feel I am being targeted with some motive,” she said.

She told IANS that she had received more than 2,500 calls, abusing and threatening her.

“Although I am not scared, it’s a nuisance. Even today numerous calls came from various parts of the country and abroad. Now I answer only calls that are from people known to me,” she added.

Suryakumar said she had been told that five people had been arrested and more arrests would take place.

Police have said that all the people who had been arrested were linked to various Hindutva groups.

The anchor told IANS: “What I want the police to find out is the brain behind this organised hounding. If not, how can this happen even after the police registering a case and arrests were made?”

KA Beena, who met senior police officials as the head of a group of women journalists, told IANS on Tuesday that both director general of police TP Senkumar and home minister Ramesh Chennithala have promised action.

“This (the threats) is not acceptable. She never did any wrong except handle that day’s news,” Beena said.

“We have been assured that proper action will be taken and the police will do their job and the guilty will be punished,” she said.

The Congress and the CPI-M have condemned the harassment and sought tough action against those who have threatened Suryakumar.

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